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Melton Orthodontics

NHS Orthodontics

Orthodontic treatment is sometimes available on the NHS if you meet the requirements of eligibility - please below for further details. The starting point for NHS Orthodontics is via your dentist as they will need to refer you to us for treatment. With Private Orthodontics you don't need to be referred by your dentist - you can come and see us directly for a Free Consultation and teeth straightening treatment that best suits your requirements and budget.

Orthodontics on the NHS

Orthodontic treatment is only available at no cost on the NHS for young people under 18 years old who have a clear clinical need for treatment.

NHS orthodontic care is not usually available for adults but may be approved on a case-by-case basis if it is needed for health reasons. Treatment may also be made available if the appearance of a person's teeth, jaw or face are of a concern.

A rating system, known as the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN), is used to assess your eligibility for NHS treatment.

Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN)

The IOTN consists of five grades:

NHS treatment is available for grade 4 and grade 5 cases. Grade 3 cases are usually judged on an individual basis. Treatment may be also made available if the appearance of a person's teeth, jaws or face are of concern.

The British Orthodontic Society's website has more information about the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN).


Grade 1

Almost perfect teeth

Grade 2

Minor teeth irregularities, such as slight asymmetry or mildly protruding teeth

Grade 3

Greater teeth irregularities that do not usually need treatment for health reasons, such as a deep bite that doesn't affect the use of your jaw

Grade 4

Severe teeth irregularities that need treatment for health reasons, such as having more or less than the normal number of teeth

Grade 5

Severe dental health problems, such as the disruption of normal skull and/or jaw development, or a large number of missing teeth

For more Information about how Orthodontic treatment could Transform your Smile and Confidence, please call us on 01664 481048 to speak to member of our Friendly Team, or request a Free (No Obligation) Consultation

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